Book celebrates real kiwis delivering power to the people

Monday, February 11, 2013

A desire to capture stories of Kiwis rising to the challenge of delivering energy to their fellow New Zealanders for more than a century was behind the publication of A History of Powerco - Delivering New Zealand's Energy Future.

Powerco Chief Executive Nigel Barbour laid the foundations for the project in 2004.

“Powerco is perceived by many to be a business largely of wires and pipes and poles. But for those within the energy industry the story is far more about a group of dedicated people delivering energy to the people, facing down huge challenges and seamlessly incorporating technology from the 1950s and 60s with the latest advances.”

Mr Barbour said the book, which will not be offered for sale, will be gifted to district libraries across the Company’s areas of operation and to long serving members of staff past and present.

“This project has been some eight years in the making and we are pleased with the result which captures a snapshot of the stories of our people, our roots as a New Zealand company and the Kiwi spirit of rolling our sleeves up and getting on with the job.”

“Powerco is a business committed to delivering New Zealand’s energy future and occasionally when looking forward it pays to take stock and look back on past achievements. This project honours the contributions of the people who helped build the Powerco of today and also chronicles the origins of the various municipal utilities which have been merged into the Powerco of today,” Mr Barbour said.

The book was authored by New Plymouth based writers Chris Lonsdale and Virginia Winder with additional research undertaken by Karyn McNaughton.

Featuring more than 100 images from across the decades the 264 page hardback will be distributed to district libraries in Tauranga, Coromandel, Southern Waikato, Taranaki, Wanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Wellington, Horowhenua and Hawke’s Bay later this month.

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